Dating after separation or divorce

single parent dating advice

Getting backing to dating after separation or divorce can seem daunting for anyone. If you are a single parent then your children are also going to play a part in the decisions that you make. 

If and when you begin to feel ready to start again with a new partner, you may find that there is a lot more to think about than you expected. When it’s not just your own needs to consider, it’s vital that you feel your children are considered and well looked after. After all, there are never any guarantees that a new relationship is going to last, and deciding on the right time to bring a new partner into your children’s lives is a delicate issue and will be a decision that only you can make, when all of you feel ready to take this next step. 

If your child does react in a negative way towards your new partner, it isn’t necessarily because they don’t like them. It may be that they are simply finding it difficult to adjust to the changes that are taking place. It may be best not to try and rush things. It’s understandable that children may feel insecure or miss their other parent or your ex-partner. Accepting that this is the case and offering your child support and understanding, is all part of the process.

How we can help you

If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

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